There are several shelters open along the East Coast ready to assist anyone who needs help after Hurricane Sandy. To find a shelter near you: Text “Shelter” and a zip code to 43362 (example: Shelter 01234) Download the FEMA mobile app Visit the American Red Cross shelter map Contact your state or local emergency management office . You can also let friends and family know you are safe and search for loved ones using the American Red Cross’ database .

Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and raises awareness about disability employment issues. This year’s theme, “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” recognizes the many and varied talents of America’s workers with disabilities. Disability.gov’s Employment section offers a variety of resources that support NDEAM’s mission. For people with disabilities, Disability.gov offers resources that can help with looking for a job , finding career planning and job training opportunities and starting and owning a small business . For employers and human resource specialists, Disability.gov has resources about recruiting and hiring people with disabilities , providing accommodations for employees with disabilities and employment laws and regulations . Information about tax benefits for employers who hire and retain people with disabilities is also available. State-specific employment information can be found by visiting Disability.gov’s Employment section, choosing “Search State Resources Only,” and then, selecting a state from the map or drop-down menu on the page. Disability.gov is updated daily to ensure its information is as timely as possible. Recently added employment resources include The American Job Center’s Find a Job website and the Department of Labor’s new Workplace Flexibility Toolkit , which provides resources to help all workers be as productive as possible, so employers can successfully meet their goals. For more information, follow Disability.gov on Twitter , “Like” us on Facebook , read Disability.Blog or sign up for email alerts to receive updates on employment and other topics of interest to you. You can also visit Disability.gov to find out about NDEAM events taking place across the country.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the Mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island Sound and the New York Harbor. Winds are expected to be near hurricane force at landfall. If you’re in an area that will be impacted by the storm, follow the instructions from your  state and local emergency management officials . Make an Emergency Kit and Plan If you haven’t done so already, put together a  family emergency plan  and  emergency kit .  Some of the items in a basic emergency kit include: one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio, flashlight and extra batteries, and First Aid kit. Learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane . Follow the Weather Forecast The National Weather Service is the official source for weather information and severe weather watches and warnings. You can follow the forecast at  Weather.gov  or on their mobile site .